Month: July 2011

Making Disciples

After our most recent mission trip, our youth returned to church the next Sunday and were asked many times, “How many converts did you make?”  Though the question is not a BAD one, there was a limited answer available due to the fact that our mission trip focused on social justice and support for a new church.  Our ministry was more supportive instead of evangelistic. 

My students answered the question well. However, some of our church members were not pleased with this answer and came to corner me in my ‘failing’ youth ministry.  After being asked why we would go on a mission trip, spend all that money, and let me out of the office for over a week, and not fulfil the great commission, I almost believed the lie that ‘converts’ was the fulfillment of the great commission. 

But, as is usually the case, when I read the Bible, I noticed a distinct word usage that confirmed the Spirit’s leading in my heart.

My job is to make Disciples of all nations, and that includes my current church.

Make disciples, not converts…What a refreshing revelation.

Unworthy of the Work

Sometimes when I come to the office, or even at home, I begin to work on some blog or post of some sort, I try to work on Forethought Ministries, or plan Youth events, and my mind begins to reel over the countless things that I have done, and the consistency to which my heart longs for the things that are not pleasing to God, and I immediately wonder if I am unworthy of the work to which I feel equipped.  How can I love Jesus and continue to have a heart that does not please Him?
Rage (which is Murder)
Lust (which is Adultery)
Hate
Laziness
Covetousness
Greed
Selfishness
Each of which creeps into my heart, infecting it with a blackness that is unworthy of the gospel message.  To be called a son of the Most Hight God, and to share in the work of my Heavenly Father seems, at times, far to great a task.

 12So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

The key must be to humbly call upon him like a child.  To cry out to him, “Abba! Father!”  To know that we are incapable being like Him, so long as we attempt to do so apart from Him. 

I pray that we will run humbly to the Father each time our hearts are infected by the darkness of sin, and that our longing will always be to sit near the feet of the Almighty, basking in the great mercy and grace of the One who came to save us!

Wickedness

Just read a facebook post that indicated that we, believers, will be paying for our sins just like people who do not know Christ.

While it is true that we all deserve death, the Lord desires that non should parish; that is why He sent his Son to die in our place!  Immediately I am overwhelmed by the fact that Jesus paid for ALL of my sins.  Though I do not go as far as Rob Bell does, I believe that there has never been anything that I could do about the sin in my life and it took the blood of the Righteous one, to cleans me of all my sickness and pain.  Make no mistake, there is nothing that I could do to help in the process, no measure that I could span, no righteousness attained.  Instead, it was the mercy and grace of the Risen Christ that has offered me the opportunity to become an heir to the throne. 

May the ritchness and mercy of the Lord dwell among the members of your household, and may you be given eyes to see the grace and mercy offered by Jesus to all who would call on his name.